The day McDonald’s was founded – level 3


The original McDonald’s restaurant was opened in California on May 15, 1940 by Richard and Maurice McDonald.

The brothers developed a fast-food production system that became a model for the modern fast-food industry.

The original McDonald’s menu offered only nine items: hamburger, cheeseburger, potato chips, soft drink, milkshake, Coke, milk, coffee and orange drink.

In 1954, Ray Kroc, a milkshake machine salesman visited their restaurant. Kroc was impressed by the system used in the McDonald’s restaurant. He convinced the McDonald brothers to let him franchise their concept and help expand the business.

The first franchised McDonald’s restaurant was opened in 1955 and sold 15-cent hamburgers, 10-cent chips, and 20-cent shakes.

By 1961, there were over 200 McDonald’s restaurants in the United States.

Difficult words: convince (to persuade), franchise (to give permission to run the same business).

What are some of the new menu items that McDonald's has introduced since its creation in 1940?


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